Living Learning

Thanks to Matt Moore, I was reading this research on the concept of life based learning; that learning for work is not restricted to learning at work . Although the research was published in August 2006, it creates a nice framework for the application of social media and virtual worlds for a networked, passion based learning experience.

“The premise underpinning life based learning is that all learning is interrelated, so it is not easy to separate learning at work from the other types of learning adults do. Learning is a multi-dimensional experience and we engage in a lot of learning other than professional development. Much of this ‘extra-curricular’ learning influences our thinking and our work practices.

Through life based learning, we acknowledge multiple sources of learning that open up opportunities for developing our capability. The challenge is how to recognise, capture, support and utilise this more open-ended approach for the benefit of both the individual and the organisation.”

work based learning

Life based: learning as an integrated and interconnected ecology

The key characteristics of life based learning are that it:

  1. Emphasises capability development
  2. Promotes a strength based orientation to learning
  3. Recognises multiple sources of learning
  4. Balances integrity and utility
  5. Shifts responsibility for learning to the individual
  6. Shifts the role of organisations to that of enabler
  7. Acknowledges that contradictions are strengths
  8. Invests in developing the whole person
  9. Acknowledges human dispositions as critical
  10. Appreciates that change is qualitatively different.

The research also discussed values to support life based learning. Consider the impact of these values to the implementation of online social networking.

“The research identified a set of values that are emerging as fundamental to living and working in the Knowledge Era, values that need to be reclaimed in the workplace. Significant amongst these values are:
for the self:
– trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, engagement, selflessness, equanimity
with others:
– generosity, collaboration, humility, openness, tolerance
• together as a group:
– taking responsibility instead of blaming others
– planning and implementing wisely
– being positive and looking beyond the immediate impact
– balancing personal and work needs
– being supported in taking risks
– supporting community”

6 thoughts on “Living Learning

  1. Amir Ahmad | PassionBasedLearning.com

    Hi wonderwebby, thanks for the lovely post and cool links.

    It’s fascinating and really exciting how Web 2.0 is changing the idea of learning. I believe that in the future the focus of a lot of organizations during the hiring process is going to be on finding individuals who are tech-savvy and self-directed enough to learn a lot on their own.

    Thing is, a technocentric view of this isn’t enough and I think it’s the simple part of the jigsaw puzzle. Optimizing the human aspect getting it to fit together with former is the real huge challenge.

  2. wonderwebby

    Hi Amir!
    Yes I agree it can not all be solved with technology, it is far more complex.
    For instance, how much do people want to share with their employer or other colleagues?
    Some people may better prefer to have standard training “thrown at them.” Some employers may prefer to dictate training content. However an employer of choice, I believe, will promote the development of the individual, promote forward thinking, foster personal growth and encourage learning as a style of working, not quite so distinct as a function.

  3. Jen Okimoto

    Hi Jas – I love this post! Some of my best and most relevant learning for work has been outside work. Fiction writing classes, reading…all sorts of fiction, non-fiction, and everything in between, traveling around the world, long grueling hikes, hanging out with non-techie friends and family members who have totally different perspectives about the role of technology on life and work, hanging out with little children! I just never realized it was all part of my “integrated and interconnected ecology.”

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  5. Sarah Stewart

    Great post and reference that really encapsulates what I am looking at at the moment. I work in health and have great trouble sometimes trying to get the staff to engage in any kind of learning activity other than the ‘here you are, learn it’. The whole idea of learning is soemthing you don’t just do at work is one that I’m looking at in relation to trying to engage with people who put up lots of barriers to learning.

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